Thursday, October 30, 2014

Journal Pages

So, I have, like, a gazillion art journals started.  When I first started, I bought a basic journal at a local store, only to find out that the paper stinks.  I use it as an "experimental" journal, because I can't stand to see anything go to waste.  I decided to do a layout "Finn" style... here's the spread with everything glued and covered in gesso...

 No, I have no idea how the blue spot got in the photo.  It's really just white, not blue. LOL

 And, here's the finished pages...

Trust me when I say, it looks better in real life...taking photos at night is not my speciality, but it's the only time it gets done.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I saw Wendy's graniteware technique, loved it, and wanted to try it.  You can check out the post about her technique HERE.  
My twist on it was, instead of using snow white ink and a stamp, I sprinkled some white UTEE on everything while the embossing powder was still hot.  It didn't give the splotchy effect like the stamping would have, but it turned out ok, I thought.

I used Clearly for Art Blackout as the base for the flowers and leaves.  I don't have Wendy's new embossing powders, but, I used what I had.  I love turquoise, so, yep, turquoise for the flower it is.  The yellow/orange flowers are Ocher, and the leaves are Lettuce...I think.  I used more of the turquoise powder for the frame, and to make it look grungy, added some black paint around the edges.  The flourish stamps on the background are Wendy's, of course.  Love those.  The "INSPIRE" was a metal word I've had for ages, covered with black embossing powder.  That's pretty much the story on this piece! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

August Tag Swap!!

I was recently in a tag swap with a group of friends, and thought I would show you what I made for the swap.  These are #8 tags, no theme was chosen, so artist's choice!  I decided to Finnabair-ish....I just love her style!!!  Speaking of...I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a couple of classes with Finn back in July, I'll post those pics at a later date...loved every minute of it!! are the tags I made, there's a whole lotta layers on these tags!! 

 I started with a basic manila #8 tag...added torn strips of paper, canvas, fabric, lace, then covered everything with gesso.  Added stamping, more paper, bits of lace, thread, then sprayed with various inks, splattered some paint, and Viola! Oh, and let's not forget the awesome metal embellishments..Idea-ology, Prima Mechanicals, Maya Road, and some various filigree pieces I had in the stash.  It really looked like a hot mess in the beginning, but they came together rather well, I thought.  The photos are from Tim's Lost and Found stack, yep, I still have some of that left. 
Here are the tags I received in the swap... pretty cool, huh?  Loved them!!
 I keep meaning to make a "photo background" for my art, but it seems that the old flour sack is going to be a permanent background. lol.  I think of it, oh, about now, when I actually post something. 
Thanks for stopping by!!! I appreciate it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Long Time No Bloggy

Errr....well, let's do some catch up on some things that I created, but never posted.  
Here's some "shortie" tags that I made to put in my Studio 490 tag book....

Wait a sec, that one wasn't for the tag book...huh...must have been a random any's a tag I just felt like making one day...

Most of the products I used are Studio 490, or inks by Ranger...a few dies from Sizzix.  That orange flower is cardstock covered with embossing paste and colored with distress inks.  Can't see the texture from the paste in the pic, but it's almost velvety in person. Can you tell I like my flowers blue?? lol
Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - JUNE!!!

The technique for June - monoprinting with a stencil.  The details for Tim's tag can be found HERE.
As it turns out, I needed to make a birthday card, which actually came to mind after I had started this project...:). 
I went with the rays stencil, then after the monoprinting with blues, I used the stencil as a mask to color the yellow areas.  The stamp set is Tim's Rock Star set, and I was able to curve the row of stars stamp at the top. I used some black diamond glitter, some glitz glitter, and the heart is colored with watercolor pencils and covered with glossy accents.
Here you go:

Excuse the somewhat blurry pic...
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Curiosity III Challenge 1

Linda Ledbetter is at it again, posting challenges from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume can check it out HERE.  The first challenge is Paint Marbling...found on page 43, I believe.
Soooooo.......I decided at the last minute to combine the challenge with a card I needed to make for an upcoming holiday. :)
Here we go:
 The marbling technique is pretty much covered up, but it's there in the background.  I used some Studio 490 stencils and stamps.  For the flower, I covered some chipboard with white embossing paste, let it dry naturally, then covered with distress paints..mustard seed, rusty hinge and spiced marmalade.  The leaves are just chipboard stamped and inked. 
You might want to consider entering the challenge, Inspiration Emporium has a $50 gift certificate up for grabs!
Thanks for stopping, and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Odds and Ends

Here are some birthday cards I've made recently:

I altered the brads I used for the center of the flowers using embossing powder.  The flowers were done with Studio 490 stencils, stamping and translucent embossing paste

This one was a fun one...the hand/arm is a Studio 490 stamp, the candle is part of the Sizzix candelabra die.  Thought it turned out pretty cool.
Die cuts, UTEE, rub ons, rubber stamps...all sorts of things were used to make this one, and the one below.  Obviously, they're for guys. LOL
I like sprinkling UTEE over everything, it kind of gives a spattered look, but it's raised and shiny.
Thanks for stopping, if you have questions, please ask!